My Five Essential Movies List
In the latest issue of Esquire magazine, Leonardo DiCaprio opens up about his thoughts, views as well as very stunning photos of himself. The cover interview features a more candid DiCaprio who kindly shares his pick of five essential movies. The exceptional films that made his five essential movies list include Sci-fi favorite Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey, Vittorio De Sica's The Bicycle Thief, Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver, Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 and Elia Kazan's East of Eden.
DiCaprio said when describing his thought about Kubrick and Clarke's film, "It's beyond a movie—it's a spiritual experience. You have to submerge yourself in it with the idea that Kubrick's intent was to make us understand our relationship with the universe. The more you watch it the more questions it asks." After reading this list of essential films conveyed by one of Hollywood's most esteemed and finest actors/producers, I came up with a five essential movies list of my own.
Topping my list is Doctor Zhivago (1965) film starring Omar Sharif as Yurf the Russian doctor/poet who falls in love with the stunning Julia Christie as Lara. In spite of being married, Yurf becomes utterly taken with Lara. Sadly, much like in real life some love is destined for doom and gloom. This epic tale delves into the underlining aspect of pain vs. ecstasy that often goes hand and hand within the most intense moment of love.
Not even Lara's passion for the revolutionary man she went onto to marry deterred the driving force and depths of love Yurf felt for Lara. It was as if he only became a whole man in her presence and enveloped within her love. Doctor Zhivago is an awe-inspiring epic film complete with the breathtaking scenery of Russian winter backdrop. Long after watching Doctor Zhivago is continued to wonder if I could ever settle for a love less than utterly and completely all consuming. Read More.